In the end, the organizers' desires were served, but all three matches won by local players were blowouts. Spaniard Robredo gave perhaps the most exciting match of the day, back on Court 2, against the Brazilian Ferreiro. Even if that match was not a pretty one, at least it was not one-sided.
As for me, as you remember, the previous days I had wished for the weather to get cooler. On the third day I got my wish... in the form of a five-hour shower and a three-day forecast of rain. Tennis became a giant IF: if it stops raining; if the courts dry up; if the forecast is right or wrong. With this in mind, anticipating play going through next week, I booked a ticket out of Buenos Aires, via internet. I went for a walk in the city and when it stopped raining, I headed out to the tournament only to find that matches were in play and that my camera was kaput. Thank you, Universe. After realizing matches will play out, I repented getting my ticket and tried to change it.
No such luck, and this will be my last report from Copa Telmex. I should have stuck with the incredible heat and the certainty it brought.
More photos from the 2009 Copa Telmex Tennis Tournament.